While Ridgecrest has a long and storied history, we believe our best days lie ahead!
Our vision is to be a church focused on the greatest commandments and the Great Commission.
Matthew 22 tells the story of a bunch of religious leaders, the Pharisees, that tried to trap Jesus by asking Him for the greatest commandment in scripture. They were attempting to pull Jesus into the middle of an ongoing and fierce argument among the Jews about which commandment was the greatest.
“And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And the second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” Matthew 22:37-40
Jesus responds by giving us the two great commandments that all other commands stem from. If we keep our focus on these two commandments, we are going to be honoring God with our lives. However, before Jesus left His followers, He gave another and very specific commandment regarding what we are to be doing in His absence.
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20
According to Webster the term ‘disciple’ refers to one who embraces and spreads the teachings of another. A Christian disciple is therefore someone who is privately and publicly committed to the teachings of Jesus and wants to share them with others. The most foundational of these teachings is found in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” If we place our faith in Christ for forgiveness of sins we will not be punished eternally by God for our mistakes.
When we put these three commandments together we get:
Loving God. Loving People. Making Disciples.